Sunday July 24, 2022

Flash floods sweep away at least 50 houses in Pakistan’s KP province

Flash floods sweep away at least 50 houses in Pakistan’s KP province

A combo photo shows the flood-hit area of Upper Kohistan, KP province. Twitter photo

Rlixa Report

The monsoon rain spell has continued in various areas of Pakistan since Saturday night, causing inundation in low-lying areas, media reported on Sunday.

The prevailing monsoon effects have increased the risk of urban flooding in mega cities.

Flash floods triggered by heavy rains caused massive destruction in Upper Kohistan area of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) province on Sunday as at least 50 houses and a small power station were washed away, an official said.

The flooding coincides with heavy rains in Chitral and Peshawar districts of KP province, where one person died and two were injured in the last 24 hours, according to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

In Peshawar city, 23 houses were entirely damaged whereas 14 houses were partially damaged.

Flash floods sweep away at least 50 houses in Pakistan’s KP province

According to a media report, a local revenue officer said that around 50 houses were swept away in the floods in Upper Kohistan districe, adding that he has constituted five team that have been dispatched to the affected areas for relief, rescue work and the assessment of human and financial losses.

A local activist’s estimates of the devastation were much higher, while another spoke of the challenges of being cut off from the electric grid and drinking potable water, Dawn News reported.

The monsoon rains that wreaked havoc in the country resulted in the deaths of 304 people, including 118 children and damaged 8,889 houses, according to the NDMA.

A report issued by the NDMA stated that 99 deaths were reported in Balochistan, 61 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), 60 in Punjab, 70 in Sindh, eight in Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B), five in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and one death was reported in Islamabad. At least 284 people were injured in the rain-related incidents.

Since mid-June, the deluge has swollen rivers and damaged highways and bridges, disrupting traffic. Almost 9,000 homes have been fully destroyed or partially damaged.

Every year, much of Pakistan struggles with the annual monsoons, drawing criticism about poor government planning. The season runs from July through September. Rain are essential for irrigating crops and replenishing dams and other water reservoirs in Pakistan.

 

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